Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D

Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D

(2012)

Classic tale, new twist.

Comedy-horror adventure, taking its cue from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. 15 years after their traumatic near-eaten experience, Hansel (Jeremy Renner,The Hurt Locker) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton, Prince Of Persia) take up arms to purge the world of witches. Helmed by Tommy Wirkola (maker of Nazi zombie flick Dead Snow). ... More

Grown-up and fiercely skilled, the siblings are hell-bent on witch retribution. But as the notorious Blood Moon draws near and a group of witches led by the evil sorceress Muriel (Famke Janssen) prepare a ritual sacrifice of innocent children, the pair encounter evil beyond anything they’ve ever hunted. Co-stars New Zealand's pure-bred stunt-mistress Zoe Bell (Death Proof) as one of the witches with a bounty on her head.

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With fatigue long since having set in on the kind of commercially-friendly, Tim Burton-derived retro gothic whimsy that motivates major studios to fund movies like this, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was always going to have to do something special to distinguish itself from the bland likes of Alice In Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman.... More

Some degree of effort has clearly been made to set the film apart, and it's never boring, but it also never gets beyond averagely good.

A mild Sam Raimi-esque playfulness enlivens proceedings for the most part, and some fun is had with a fanboy character who nerdishly worships the witch-destroying siblings. He is played by Project X's Thomas Mann, accepting the baton for these types of characters from Justin Long, who would've played this role ten years ago.

Going into this movie, I was very intrigued to see how they would portray the fabled gingerbread house of the source material. Here was an opportunity to do something really cool with on-screen candy overload. Alas, they fudged it.

And there is the fact that they decided to make this an R-rated movie, which means we get boobs, F-words and a couple of grisly witch dispatchings. More often than not, potentially awesome mainstream movies cut off their own balls trying to AVOID an R-rating and thus access a wider audience, but the decision to gear this film specifically to young adults doesn't really add anything of note. Except for the boobs.

This can serve as a mindless alternative to the current surfeit of heavy Oscar movies, but don't expect anything too great. Plus I kept waiting for a "He's so hot right now" Zoolander/Hansel joke that never came.Hide


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They probably should've put the '& Gretel' part of the title in brackets, because Gemma Arterton's pretty bloody useless in this. If she's not getting her arse kicked, she needs rescuing. But I shan't make feminist-slanted qualms against a film as mindless as this. If you've ever seen the director's previous film 'Dead Snow', you can expect that same sort of playful violence in 'Hansel (& Gretel)'. It's a shame it isn't complimented by a better sense of humour to truly give it personality.... More Still, it's entertaining enough and ends before you know it, making it a decent cinematic one-night-stand.Hide


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Hansel & Gretel - Witch Hunters
Its right up there with 'Bad Taste' and other splatter films, along with 'The Brothers Grimm' 'Snow White & the Huntsman' & look out for couple little other fairy tale bits! Seriously way different to what I was expecting & actually enjoyed it heaps! Exciting (as a man) get to see nips, fighting, guns, exploding body parts, I mean, you know the story but its a bit different to it, easy to follow and I found the best part was the rifle used near the end... &... More Edward!!
Genre : action, drama, fiction, medieval, horror, splatter
3/5 : very Grimm Brothers, but for the fast paced action, lacked in the acting an story, still a great watch tho.Hide


The Press Reviews

  • The grim heroes don't have a nuance or more than a hint of emotion between them, and the same goes for the film around them. Full Review

  • All that's missing is a genuine sense of wit. Full Review

  • For all the perspiration in jazzing up an old yarn, there's not a whiff of originality in how Wirkola engages with the perverse pleasures enshrined by the Grimm brothers. Full Review

  • There isn't much swashbuckling chemistry between Mr. Renner and Ms. Arterton, and the script doesn't give them enough of the witty lines that can elevate these types of movies to must-see status. Full Review

  • Rarely provokes any strenuous eye-rolling, it also can't drum up even the slightest interest in the fate of its characters, let alone suspense. Full Review

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